How to prevent Windows 10 from sending Microsoft every keystroke you type

Do you use Windows 10?

If so, you should know that, as reported by Mary-Ann Russon reports for IB Times, March 22, 2017:

Windows has been quietly logging every single keystroke users make on their keyboards from the beginning. Even better, that data is being constantly sent to Microsoft’s servers on a regular basis.

We’re not sure why on earth Microsoft would want users’ keystrokes, as this data is only really useful to cybercriminals seeking to crack passwords to steal sensitive data….

So what can you do about this truly awful security breach?

Here’s IBTimes‘ advice:

(1) If you plan to but haven’t yet installed Windows 10

  • When you install Windows 10, select “custom install”.
  • Read all the options on the installation window carefully, and make sure you always select ‘no’ for all options relating to sending data to Microsoft. It is also safe if you simply choose to just say ‘no’ to all options – it will not affect your usability on Windows 10.

(2) If you already have Windows 10

  • Go to “Start“.
  • Scroll down the “Start” menu.
  • Select “Settings” -> “Privacy” -> “Change Privacy Options“.
  • Turn off the option that reads, “Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future“.
  • To be safe, restart your computer after selecting this option.
  • Make sure you periodically revisit Start, Settings, Privacy, and the “Send Microsoft info” option because Microsoft can turn on that option during its monthly Patch Tuesday through the automatic Windows Updates function.

IB Times has other suggestions on how to select which Windows Updates you want, and how to disable Windows Update completely, which is not advisable because you could risk missing critical patches from Microsoft. Click here.

~Eowyn

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16 responses to “How to prevent Windows 10 from sending Microsoft every keystroke you type

  1. Thank you, good information.

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  3. thank you for the info Dr. Eowyn
    unfortunately, when I bought a new computer the only option was windows 10…they had phased out everything else.
    I thought about finding windows 8 online and uninstalling windows 10 on my computer but then began enjoying some of the features except all the privacy attacks and constant “updates”
    so, I went throughout my computer and checked “no” or disabled everything that offered sending info or wasn’t necessary for me to use
    and haven’t had an update since…

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    • Don’t blow off the updates – especially the cumulative ones, as they add and update security issues that come up as time goes on.

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      • IMHO, I think the “security issues” that pop up are created by microsoft…
        I haven’t had updates in months….no problems.
        I do use antivirus so I think that helps.

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  4. Microsoft– Bill Gates doing his progressive share for Big Brother…

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  5. Thank you for this fabulous much needed information.

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  6. “We’re not sure why on earth Microsoft would want users’ keystrokes, as this data is only really useful to cybercriminals seeking to crack passwords to steal sensitive data”

    It’s also required for any modern totalitarian police state.

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  7. Better yet… Use DoNotSpy, http://pxc-coding.com/portfolio/donotspy10/ and block all Windows 10 does, without asking for user permission, not only the basics, but including disabling driver updates and restarting your computer without your permission, etc. Here’s a list of last version’s current features:

    Disable Auto Map Download *new*
    Disable Bluetooth Advertising *new*
    Disable Experimentation *new*
    Disable Facts, Tips, Ticks and more on your Lock Screen *new*
    Disable Windows Defender Cloud Protection *new*
    Disable Windows Defender Sample Submission *new*
    Disable Telemetry
    Disable Biometrics
    Disable Handwriting Data Sharing
    Disable Handwriting Error Reporting
    Disable Application Telemetry
    Disable Inventory Collector
    Disable Steps Recorder
    Disable enabling Lock Screen Camera
    Disable and Reset Cortana
    Disable Location
    Disable Sensors
    Disable Web Search
    Disable Windows Media DRM Internet Access
    Defer Windows Upgrades  *updated*
    Disable App Notifications
    Disable Password Reveal Button
    Disable and Reset Advertising ID
    Disable SmartScreen Filter for URLs
    Disable Sending Writing Info
    Disable Access to Language List
    Disable App Access to Location Info
    Disable App Access to Camera
    Disable App Access to Microphone
    Disable Getting to know me
    Disable App Access to Account Info
    Disable App Access to Calendar
    Disable App Access to Messages
    Disable App Access to Radios
    Disable Sync With Devices
    Disable Windows Feedback Requestes
    Disable Windows Update Sharing
    Disable WiFi Sense
    Disable Windows Defender
    Disable Automatic Windows Updates
    Disable OneDrive
    Disable Automatic Driver Update
    Disable Automatic Windows Store Updates
    Enable Do not Track in Edge   *updated*
    Disable Malicious Software Removal Tool via Windows Update
    Disable KMS Client Online Validation
    Disable Retrieving Device Metadata
    Disable Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program
    Disable Tips about Windows
    Disable Start Menu App Suggestions
    Disable App Access to Call History
    Disable Search Suggestions in Edge   *updated*
    Disable Setting Sync
    Disable Page Prediction in Edge   *updated*
    Disable Adobe Flash Player in Edge   *updated*
    

    It’s free if you don’t mind putting up with some adds, and if you feel inclined to make a donation, you can get the add free app. Worth every penny!

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  8. Linux. I”ve been on it (Linux Lite) for two years, and it’s solid as a rock, and quite close to Windows in functionality. Even Linux isn’t perfect for security, because no OS can be, since low-level firmware can be – and is – compromised before the machine leaves the factory. But Linux is written by guys who mostly value privacy and security as much as we do. And that’s a good start.

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  9. Pretty happy with my switch (after 30y) to an iMac, but still also use Win 7, 8 (tablet only) and 10 systems daily… Actually, Vista more so than Win 8.1. Went with Win 10 Pro to get more control over updates, but not seeing it… Set your WiFi Internet connection up as a metered connection to control updates. Mac does the same thing, nearly forcing you to take updates monthly. I prefer not to “beta test” those that crash or break my systems…
    More upset with Microsoft dropping Media Center than any serious problem with virus/malware, but it did influence my decision. As did the privacy invasion (Cortana) in Windows 10. I also enjoy Android on my cellphones and a new tablet I bought to cast internet shows to my TV via Chrome.
    I rely on MS’s own (free) Security Scanner, Defender, and Malicious SW Removal tools (and the built-in for Windows 10) to keep nasties at bay on the Windows systems. Sick of being controlled by Norton/McAfee and their yearly subscriptions for questionable protection. Ran Ubuntu on an old MacBook a while but decided I like the Mac OS ecosystem better. But really, for all intents and purposes, they all pretty much look/feel and operate the same for daily work & play, especially online.

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  10. Thank you, Dr. Eowyn.

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  11. YUGE thanks for this PSA!!

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  12. My next computer will hopefully be a Mac. And use Ethernet, get away from the wifi, it’s bombarding you with EMFs!

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  13. This posting kinda relates that it doesn’t matter if you shut off win10 spying;
    http://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/117886401/intel-me

    If you’ve a i3/5/7 series system, the hardware spybot is present and undefeatable. If it’s a stand alone chip on the mobo one could lop off the power lines to it, but if it’s inside the cpu then you’re likely sol.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Active_Management_Technology#Hardware

    The above info says “The Management Engine (ME) is an isolated and protected coprocessor, embedded as a non-optional[29] part in all current (as of 2015) Intel chipsets.[30] According to an independent analysis by Igor Skochinsky, it is based on an ARC core, and the Management Engine runs the ThreadX RTOS from Express Logic.”

    It works oob, out of band, meaning the spybot doesn’t need the os of the host pc, it runs on its own authority and can see/access everything that is done on that pc.

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